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Coaching Education

How to Become a Licensed Coach


Starting your coaching licensure journey begins with Introduction to Grass Roots Coaching.

·         No cost

·         Takes about 20 minutes.

All Coaches (Rec and RA) should take this no-cost module that you can take anytime through the digital coach center (DCC) on the U.S. Soccer web page. CLICK HERE for a directly link to the Grassroots US Soccer page.

Create a DCC profile if you do not yet have one. If you have previously created a profile, CLICK HERE to go directly to the Digital Coaching Center log in page.

The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching takes only 20 minutes to complete and provides foundational information about coaching soccer. When you complete the course, please let us know by taking a screen shot of your completion certificate or paid receipt and sending to [email protected].

Recreation coaches have the option to take the online 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11 training which can be accessed through your DCC portal under Online Courses. The cost is $25 and is reimbursable by Stafford Soccer.

Academy coaches are required to take one of the online grassroots courses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11) and one in person grassroots course (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11).

If coaches consider progressing on to the USSF education pathway to the D license (next license after grassroots), you will need to take ONE of the online grassroots courses and TWO of the in-person grassroots courses, one of which must be 11v11. These courses are reimbursable by Stafford Soccer as well.

Our state association, VYSA does provide some of the in person courses, CLICK HERE to access their schedule. Or you can utilize the search mechanism under “In-Person Courses” on your DCC page. Costs for the In-Person modules are set by the club hosting.

Should Stafford Soccer schedule an in person grassroots course, notification will be sent at least 2 weeks in advance of the date of the course.

Log on to or create your profile to register for courses on the Digital Coaching Center (DCC).

Please note that the F and E licenses are no longer available based on the changes put forth by US Soccer. 



In partnership with VYSA and US Soccer, Stafford Soccer is pleased to host Grassroots 9v9 and 11v11 in-person coaching courses in Stafford County!  Coaches can take one or both courses, but all times are required to complete the course and become certified. *Note-  In order to register; candidates must be at least 16 years old and have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.

The club will pay for any active Stafford Soccer coach to take the U.S. Soccer course. We have payment codes for those who are looking to register, please keep in mind there are limited spots available. Contact Barry Hill at [email protected] for payment codes.

Register for the course by using the links below. All coaching education performed by U.S. soccer is managed through the digital coaching center (DCC). You will need to create an account with US Soccer (click here). To be eligible for the 9v9 AND 11v11 courses an ‘introduction to grassroots’ online course must be completed. It's free and takes about 20 mins. The 9v9 or 11v11 will not show up on the DCC until you complete the ‘introduction to grassroots’ online course.


9v9- virtual classroom= 3/23/24 @ 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Field session= Sunday 3/24/24 @ Embrey Mill Park 9am to 11am


11v11- virtual classroom= 3/23/24 @ 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Field session= Sunday 3/24/24 @ Embrey Mill Park 11:30am to 1:30pm


These coaching courses will fill up quick! Please direct any questions to [email protected].  

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235 Garrisonville Rd.Suite 101 Stafford VA 22554 
Stafford, Virginia 22554

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Phone : 540-657-0734
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